By Steve Seigha
A youth leader from Ogulagha community Mr Diribiwei Ene Kennedy who is the youth PRO of Ogulagha community has made an appeal to Niger Delta leaders especially those representing Ijaw nationality at various level to help facilitate the absorbtion of Ijaw youths into the Nigerian military service such as the army, AIRFORCE , Navy and other related Government Agencies.
Mr Kennedy made the call while addressing newsmen in Warri. He complained bitterly towards the attitudes of some Ijaw leaders who do not care about the plight of the youths in the region.
He said ” these are leaders who only know the youths during election period but do not care after they emerge into office. Our values and services should not be needed only on election periods. Let our leaders have a rethink, many Ijaw youths do to lack of connection has been deprived of going into the Nigerian military”
“Take for instance I have applied and written several exams on Nigerian military but because I don’t have the connections and recommendation so I have been denied severally from been chosed even when I passed the aptitude test and meet up the needed requirements ” he asserted .
Kennedy further stated “it will be a plus and added advantage to the Ijaw nation at large if people like us who are willing to go into the military is given the necessary financial support and connections by those in government”
“If Ijaws are massively recruited into the arm forces ,Ijaw riverine communities and villages will not be always intimidated by the military because we have our people too in same service to protect our interest” he said